CORDELE, Ga. -- As registration closed Wednesday for federal disaster assistance on Georgia's tornadoes and severe storms of early March, 1,836 households have registered, according to officials of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA). More than $14.2 million in federal disaster assistance funds have been approved.
This includes more than $1.19 million in FEMA assistance for individuals and households and more than $7.2 million in low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for homeowners, renters and businesses. This individual assistance was approved for nine counties: Baker, Crawford, Dougherty, McDuffie, Mitchell, Sumter, Taylor, Warren, and Worth.
Also, FEMA and GEMA have obligated $5.8 million in Public Assistance funds to communities and counties for debris removal, disaster-related emergency services and repair or reconstruction of damaged infrastructure, with additional funding being approved weekly. Public Assistance was approved for 13 counties: Baker, Clay, Crawford, Hancock, McDuffie, Mitchell, Muscogee, Stewart, Sumter, Taylor, Warren, Webster, and Wilkinson.
Below are key recovery numbers as of May 1, 2007:
$1,193,691 in disaster assistance has been approved through the Individuals and Households Program:
$779,901 has been approved for Housing Assistance. This includes temporary disaster housing and help in restoring uninsured homes that the storms rendered unsafe, unsanitary or non-functional.
$413,790 in disaster assistance has been approved for Other Needs Assistance (ONA). ONA awards are for disaster-related necessary expenses and serious needs, such as medical or dental expenses, funeral expenses, moving and storage, transportation costs and the repair or replacement of household appliances, clothing and necessary educational materials.
1,836 households have registered for disaster assistance.
Seven Disaster Recovery Centers had a total of 2,288 visits.
$ 7,228,500 in loans has been approved by the SBA for homeowners, renters and businesses:
$5,256,900 in loans for homeowners and renters.
$1,967,400 in business loans.
918 home inspections were conducted.
77 Disaster Unemployment Insurance Claims have been filed and $36,226 has been disbursed.
$5,828,391 in Public Assistance funds has been obligated for 106 projects, with 24 more projects pending and additional funding being approved weekly.
A county-by-county summary of Individual Assistance follows:
Georgia Tornado And Severe Storms Recovery
Individual and Household Program:
HA - Housing Assistance
ONA - Other Needs
As of 5/1/2007
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FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.